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The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas addresses criticism over Roskilde efficiency


The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has responded to criticism that emerged after the band’s headlining efficiency at this yr’s Roskilde competition.

The band carried out at Roskilde final Saturday (July 2), closing out the Danish competition’s four-day roster. Based on setlist.fm, their set – which consisted of 14 songs – began half an hour not on time and featured “plenty of erratic and infinite banter from Casablancas”. 

Punters on the bottom had been much less reserved of their assessments, with one writing on Twitter that Casablancas appeared “stiffer than a pupil on a wagon experience”. One other joked that “everybody [at] Roskilde desires what The Strokes have taken”, and joked that “on the plus facet, it’s in all probability the final time [Roskilde] invitations The Strokes”.

In a since-deleted put up shared on Instagram (per Stereogum), Casablancas shot again at rumours that he was closely intoxicated throughout his efficiency. “I’m not tuned into Twitter issues sufficient to know what some confused fan thinks or pretends they know,” he wrote, “however I’m effective… far as I do know … individuals been asking me weiiird questionnns [sic] – ahh the dumb facet of social media… Lame-Os working round so laborious and free.”

Casablancas went on to make clear that he thought-about the “issues and questions” from real followers to be “variety and effective”, and that it was “the strangers saying [or] appearing like they know some shit that’s dumb”.

Movies from the present appear to validate claims of Casablancas’ erratic banter. In a single clip, the singer spends roughly a minute riffing on the perceived absurdity of Danish phrases like ‘mackerel’ and ‘cream’ – which led to the gang emphatically chanting the Danish phrase for ‘cream’, ‘fløde’. One other clip reveals Casablancas introducing ‘Final Nite’ with a two-minute spiel lamenting the idea of encores.

Take a look at each clips under:

The Strokes are at the moment on tour in assist of their sixth studio album, 2020’s ‘The New Irregular’. Reviewing their set on the Primavera Sound competition in Barcelona, NME’s Ella Kemp mentioned Casablancas carried out with “feverish vitality”, and identified that he did deal with followers to “small speak and jokes and frequent rambles”.

Kemp continued to say that “Casablancas’ puzzling behaviour nonetheless [left] room for a powerful efficiency music-wise”, declaring that “the facility of the set” was “simple” and that the setlist provided “a celebration outdated and new of the [band’s] most infectious hits”.



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